- Hi all,
Charlene and I walked south from Ten Mile River this morning and found the
Northern Shrike on the north side of Inglenook Creek. It was first visible
perched at the top of a dune about 75 meters east of the haul road on the
north bank of the creek. We walked inland a short ways and watched it from
pretty close range. It appeared to be a full adult, with no hint of brown in
the plumage and no visible barring on the sides of the breast.
We also saw 22 Snowy Plovers along the beach, 6 of which were banded. Five
of the banded birds were from the Humboldt population and one was a Santa
Cruz bird that has been present in Mendocino for a few years.
There is a Tundra Swan (Imm.) feeding just West of the Rodman Slough Island. The bird didn't seem to mind that I was only about 50 yards from it. Also, just east (20 yards)of the Rodman Slough Bridge there is a Phainopepla. This is the exact place I saw two of them earlier in the year on the North side of the road.